A Plutarchish quote

In Beauty Will Save the World, Gregory Wolfe includes a quote from Stephen J. Tonsor, from an essay called “Myth, History and the Problem of Desacralized Time.” There’s a bit I especially like for its relevance to the study of Plutarch’s Lives:

“We think in terms not of scientific formulations and predictions but of alternatives, the baffling interplay of fate and freedom, of great and surprising actions and means and disappointing motives. The creative and innovating action, the power of love and self-sacrifice, and the tragedy of misspent lives and wasted opportunities are the great concern of historical study.”

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